To Recover from Lightning, Etc.
1. ABC the room.
2. Tie string to a small piece of singed wood and swing it in circles above the head.*
3. List in some sensible order the sound toast makes.
4. Behold the bedhead of deconstruction. Twice. And then be done with it.
5. Keep keeping on.
6. Try to remember the obscurest trees and voices in adjoining hotel rooms.
7. Heat the iron skillet of faithfulness.
8. Say appliances.
9. Be no longer completely bored by kaleidoscopes.
10. Name the bolt. Something comical like Bump or Tighter.
11. Compare your hands, palms up.
*Try not to harm yourself further.
John Poch's most recent book of poems is Two Men Fighting with a Knife. He is the editor of 32 Poems Magazine.
copyright © 2008, John Poch
BECCA DE LA ROSA
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A. ROSS ECKLER